Posts by Joe Russell

Small Group Follow Up

Dear Parents,   This week is commonly known as Holy Week.  It is Jesus’s last week of His life and is filled with high expectations, joy, great sadness and hopes being raised and crushed.  This last Sunday marked Palm Sunday or also known as Jesus’s triumphal Entry.   Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey was…

High School Small Group Follow-Up 3/25/12

Dear parents, Our small groups wrapped up their two-week journey on Bearing Fruit in Christ. This week, our students examined the Fruits of the Spirit described in Galatians 5. These traits are essential to healthy Christian living. These characteristics help us experience deeper unity with other Christians and help non-Christian friends discover how God is…

Junior High Small Group Follow-up 3/20/12

Dear parents, Our small groups wrapped up their two-week series called “Time Out!” This week, we talked about some of the benefits of taking time to memorize verses from the Bible: we can build a deeper friendship with God, we can understand our purpose in life, and we can make better, wise choices. Using Matthew…

High School Small Group Follow Up 3/18/12

Dear parents, We’ve launched a two-week small group series on Bearing Fruit in Christ by examining the importance of “abiding” or “remaining” in Jesus. Our key verses for this lesson came from John 15, part of a longer passage of Scripture that offers insight into Jesus’ final teachings for his disciples. He wanted them to…

High School Small Group Follow-up 3/4/12

Dear parents, This week was the third lesson in our four-lesson look at the book of Revelation. Our lesson helped students understand that there is an incredible wedding feast awaiting Christians in eternity. Students learned that this future destination can be an incredible source of strength for today and hope for the future. As you…

Junior High Small Group Follow Up 2/28/12

Dear parents, We went through James 4 in our small groups, and this week our students discussed how selfish sins affect our relationships with God and with each other. We talked about practical ways to protect our relationships by rejecting such sins as jealousy, pride, and boasting. This week, I’d encourage you to find a…

Junior High Small Group Follow-up 2/21/12

Dear parents, Our small groups are continuing their study of James, and this week’s lesson—built around chapter 3—offered a powerful reminder about the impact of our words. James spends an entire section of his letter reminding Christians of the potentially destructive power of words. Words are powerful. A simple statement can make someone’s day…or ruin…